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Posted: 07/22/05 06:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stefan wrote:

Nice n easy, any Idea if it includes Canadian info as well, I assume not as it states it is the #1 in US interstate info, but thought I'd ask..

I found this Trans-Canadian Exit info on The Next Exit website. Hope that helps!


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gvdan wrote:

If I see a big gas station that looks easy to pull in as I am driving down the freeway I may pull into it even if I have a half a tank. Just makes things easier.
Ditto!

I even carry an 2 extra jugs (5-Gal) so I don't have to take my combination into a close quartered gas station. I kind of like to stop every couple of hours to stretch so gassing up no problem with me. Being retired, I don't wear a watch anymore. Trips have starting dates and return dates are decided as we go. The extra time I might spend with an extra gas stop or two are of no consequence to me anymore.


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Posted: 07/22/05 08:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a great topic. The only damage I did to my TT over the years was getting into gas stations that were too small for the rig.

I now use Pilot, T&A, Flying J, and newer stations such as bp or where I see signs that diesel is sold. Generally, these stations can take the longer TT and allow you to turn.

Just stop before you pull into a station and determine how you would pull out. Tight turns with a long TT can find you hitting something with the tail end of the TT. If you have to be tight, bew sure that the TT will swing AWAY from an obstruction. Do not hesitate to use your significant other to guide you out of tight spots.


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Posted: 07/23/05 05:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my last trip I was going solo without my wife/copilot...
I couldn't read the signs on the interstates fast enough to tell what gas stations were at the next exit. My advice: Buy a copy of The Next Exit and stop at truck stops, don't let your fuel get too low, and be very, very careful at all other stations (follow the advice previously given).

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We use "The Next Exit" and ALWAYS plan ahead. Had a nasty scare in NM when headwinds cut our mileage significantly and we were in the middle of nowhere running out of gas!


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Posted: 07/23/05 09:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The comments about propane appliances are good to consider. Open flame near gas fumes are something to worry about. Let your rig cool down in the mountains before getting gas, too. Hot brakes and exhaust systems can also be a fire hazard. These are rather minor concerns but they have caused disasters and are something to consider.

Maneauvers can be a problem. Your trailer will track inside your truck so tight corners mean you might center the trailer on an obstacle or run its tires over a curb. Also, as noted, the rear can swing wide an possibly hit something. Have someone on guard to watch for you in tight spots if possible. Avoid any sharp turns unless desparate.

Gutters, such as at the road edge, should not be taken straight on. Cross at as much of an angle as you can. Try to get an angle so no more than one wheel at a time is in the gutter.

Make sure you remember where your gas tank is on your truck so you get close to the pump where you need to be.

Do a walkaround to check hub temperatures, tire temperature and pressure, check hitch parts and hang-on stuff (like propane tanks) for anything loose. Check windows, vents, tiedowns, locks, latches, access doors, and so on for anything not as it should be.


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The National Truck Stop Directory ($12.95) lists all truck stops in the USA. You can buy it in most any truck stop.

www.truckstops.com

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I agree to watch out for the yellow painted posts! I have seen them with black stripes, I know why. The only damage I have on the TT is from pulling in for gas. We have increased our bottom clearance and learned valuable lessons from past experience. The previous posts all indicate that there need not be any anxious feelings about filling-up once you take precautions.

We have 5 gall safety can and now considering getting a second can after reading this thread.
Fill-up when quarter tank down, I don't like to wait for "low on fuel", even when not towing.
Try to travel while roads are not crowded therefore less congestion at stations.
Plan well in advance.
We do not leave the refer on, we close the propane valve.
Check tires and pressure often to reduce the possibility of needing to stop for air at a station.


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As you enter think of your exit. I try to position my truck were I have an easy exit even if it requires some manuvering on the entry. I prefer to be at an easy shot leaving than to nose into something that I cant get out of.

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Like others have advised, make very sure you can get in and out of an area before pulling in - EVEN if it means keeping someone behind you waiting a moment while you assess the situation.

I also keep a big gas can (empty) in the back of my truck. I never want to be in the position of pulling in to the only gas station within miles, and not being able to access the pumps. I typically fill up when the gauge gets on 1/2 tank, so I've never had to use it. It's just extra insurance, especially in remote areas where there aren't any Flying J's, etc.


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